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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

From Jeffrey L. Wolin, Ruth N. Halls Professor of Photography

"Your program has made a tremendous difference in the lives of over a generation of IU students. So many examples of how the internships, teaching assistantships and creative activity grants have benefitted our students. Take Ryan Boatright, for example, who got funding to intern at Image Permanence Institute at RIT in Rochester. It's the pre-eminent lab for testing conditions for preserving photographs. The internship led directly to a full-time job at IPI where Ryan developed a truly important site that enables photographers, archivists, scholars and curators to identify every photographic process ever used and know how to care for the objects. Ryan moved to Paris a few years ago and works as a photographer and high-end custom printer at his (and his French wife's) studio, Atelier Boba in Montmartre. Ryan also lectures about photographic processes and preservation at workshops in France and the US. All attributable to his internship courtesy HHC!"

From Laura L. Stachowski,PhD, Director, Cultural Immersion Projects, School of Education

"The Hutton Honors College Undergraduate Grant Program has generously provided invaluable support, over many years, for eligible student teachers in the IU School of Education's Global Gateway for Teachers. Through the Global Gateway, participants undergo extensive preparation for placements in Chicago Public Schools, on the Navajo Nation, and in 18 host nations worldwide. Once on-site, their requirements include full-time student teaching, active engagement in their local placement communities, completion of a community-based service learning project, and submission of structured reports identifying new learning and reflections on professional development and personal growth.

Our students' Global Gateway experiences differ significantly from most conventional student teaching placements completed in the Bloomington community or in students' hometowns. We have found that these experiences launch them on a trajectory of transformation that may continue to influence them in both professional and personal ways, even years later. The Hutton Honors College Undergraduate Grant Program has been a game-changer for many of our student teachers, helping make the dream of participating in the Global Gateway a reality. The HIEP grants and Pre-Professional Internship grants have helped defray the costs associated with participation, whether applied toward program tuition, an international flight, the cost of room and board in a Chicago city neighborhood, or expenses incurred traveling to and on the geographically isolated Navajo Reservation.

Beyond providing a source of financial assistance for well-deserving, high-achieving Indiana University students, these grants have affirmed the importance of their career paths as future educators. At a time when public schools and teacher education programs are under scrutiny, the Honors College has invested in these emerging educators, signaling that what they are doing is important, needed, and valued by the Indiana University community. And when one considers the multiplier effect, the Honors College grants reach countless more individuals than the student teachers alone ... by helping support our student teachers, the grants also touch the lives of the pupils in their elementary and secondary classrooms in the US and abroad, and the members of their placement communities with whom they interact daily. I cannot think of a more powerful investment in the future of our state, nation, and world."

From Dennis Peters, Briscoe Professor of Chemistry

"During the periods from 1973-1983 and 1991-2007, when I served as Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Chemistry, as well as through the 1983-1991 period and then after the Coordinator's position was taken over by Professor Kate Reck in 2007, our department developed a fruitful and enduring relationship with what is now the Hutton Honors College and its program for summer research grants for undergraduates.

For almost every summer for the past 42 years, undergraduates majoring in biochemistry and chemistry have received financial support in the form of summer grants for full-time research. Beginning in the 1970s, the Department of Chemistry expanded its emphasis on undergraduate research, and the number of students participating in this activity grew substantially, to the point that as many as 30 majors routinely seek summer research scholarships. Undergraduate research is recognized nationally as one of the most important experiences for students planning to pursue advanced work in graduate and professional schools.

To provide financial support for this program, our department sought assistance in the form of summer research scholarship funds donated by a number of former graduates. However, these sources alone fell short of our needs, so that we have come to rely heavily on the research grant program of the Hutton Honors College.

In recent years, the Hutton Honors College has provided summer research grants for as many as 8 of our undergraduates, who are recognized as scholarship recipients at our annual Chemistry Honors Banquet held each April. This departmental event, held since the 1950s, brings together students and their parents and families, along with faculty, to share in the academic and research accomplishments of students. At each Honors Banquet, a representative from the Hutton Honors College is invited to come forward to announce the recipients of summer research grants. Without strong and continuing support from the Hutton Honors College, it would be impossible to provide summer research grants for a significant portion of our deserving undergraduates. The Department of Chemistry takes pleasure in gratefully acknowledging this vital contribution to our undergraduate program."